Announcement | Director of Music

September 6, 2018

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St Thomas's,

On the evening of September 6, the Rector, Wardens, and the Director of Music met with the choristers to let them know that Matthew Larkin will be stepping down from his position at St Thomas's on December 31, 2018, and to outline the plans in operation for seeking our next Organist and Music Director. We had hoped that we might find a way for Matthew to continue his work with his choirs in Ottawa and to develop the musical mission of St Thomas's, but it has become evident to both Matthew and St Thomas's that this will not be possible.

This summer, the Rector called together the Music Director Search Committee, slightly reconstituted, that was established when John Tuttle retired. The committee, again under the superb leadership of Larry Beckwith, reviewed the applications received at that time from across North America and Great Britain. The members of the search committee determined that there is a sufficient number of exciting candidates worthy of consideration for the position to begin interviewing some of the most promising. To expedite the process, interviews with the committee members have been scheduled, and successful candidates will be presented for an audition with the St Thomas's choristers shortly afterwards.

We are deeply grateful to Elizabeth Anderson for her faithful service this year, and to members of the search committee for their labours during the summer holidays: Larry Beckwith, Suzanne Coultes, Peter Madgett, and Michael Rowland.

We are sorry to be losing Matthew's extraordinary musicianship and wish him well in the future. In the meantime, we look forward to an autumn of beautiful music under his direction that will enhance our liturgies as we mark the 125th anniversary of our church.

We remain committed to our parish's mandate to pursue musical excellence as one of the primary means of evangelism and of deepening our faith.

We will continue to provide updates as the search committee furthers its work.

The Rector and Wardens of St Thomas's


As an active and welcoming Anglo‐Catholic parish rooted in Scripture, Reason and Tradition, we worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness and witness to Christ through pastoral care, music, education, discipleship, and service.